CECO Environmental Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

Record Orders, New Share Repurchase Authorization, and Acquisition of Compass Water

DALLAS, May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CECO Environmental Corp. (Nasdaq: CECE) ("CECO"), a leading environmentally focused, diversified industrial company whose solutions protect people, the environment, and industrial equipment, today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2022.

Highlights for the Quarter and Recent Corporate Developments*

  • Record orders of $160.9 million, up 75 percent
  • Revenue of $92.4 million, up 29 percent
  • Net income of $2.8 million, up 133 percent; Non-GAAP net income of $5.0 million, up 61 percent
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $9.5 million, up 48 percent
  • $20 million share repurchase program authorized May 4, 2022
  • Compass Water Solutions acquired May 3, 2022, adds to industrial water offerings

*All comparisons are versus the comparable prior year period, unless otherwise stated;
Reconciliations of GAAP (reported) to non-GAAP measures are in the attached financial tables.

"We are pleased to report that our first quarter produced record orders and backlog, as well as strong double-digit growth in sales and income.  Growth was broad-based across our entire portfolio, and we believe that we are well positioned for strong continued sales growth throughout the remainder of the year," said CECO Chief Executive Officer, Todd Gleason.

First quarter operating income was $5.2 million, up 68 percent when compared to $3.1 million in the first quarter 2021.  On an adjusted basis, non-GAAP operating income was $7.8 million, up 56 percent when compared to $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.  Net income was $2.8 million in the quarter, up 133 percent compared to $1.2 million in the first quarter 2021.  Non-GAAP net income was $5.0 million, up 61 percent compared to $3.1 million in the first quarter 2021.  Adjusted EBITDA was $9.5 million, up 48 percent compared to $6.4 million in the first quarter 2021.

"We believe the strong start to 2022 reflects the hard work our team has done to better position CECO for sustainable growth and higher levels of profitability.  Additionally, our healthy balance sheet has enabled us to authorize a $20 million share repurchase program – the largest in our company's history, while continuing to improve our portfolio with strategic, accretive acquisitions, such as the Compass Water Solutions transaction," Mr. Gleason concluded.

Compass Water Solutions Acquisition
On May 3, 2022, CECO acquired Compass Water Solutions, Inc. ("Compass") for a total purchase price of $12.5 million with a mix of cash and debt. Compass is a leading global supplier of membrane-based industrial water and wastewater treatment systems that help customers achieve regulatory compliance of water discharge at the lowest lifecycle cost.  With this acquisition, CECO expands its addressable industrial water technology market by over $250 million, with an expected CAGR through 2025 of over 6 percent for industrial oily-water and seawater reverse osmosis applications. CECO expects the acquisition to be accretive to total company EBITDA margins, earnings per share, and free cash flows in 2022.

Full Year 2022 Outlook:
The Company introduces full year 2022 guidance of $360 to $380 million in revenue, up approximately 14 percent at the midpoint year over year.  The Company anticipates $33 to $38 million of adjusted EBITDA, up approximately 40 percent at the midpoint year over year.

"We expect to deliver great financial results throughout the year as our businesses execute focused growth and operating excellence initiatives. We believe the incremental benefit of well-executed and accretive acquisitions will add to our 2022 performance and strengthen our portfolio for the future," concluded Mr. Gleason.

EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL
A conference call is scheduled for today at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the first quarter financial results of 2022. The conference call may be accessed via webcast by going to the Company's website at http://www.cecoenviro.com/events-calendar or by dialing (888) 346-4547 (Toll-Free) within the U.S., (855) 669-9657 (Toll-Free) within Canada or Toll/International +1(412) 317-5251.

A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at http://www.cecoenviro.com for seven days.  The replay may be accessed by dialing (877) 344-7529 (Toll-Free) within the U.S., (855) 669-9658 (Toll-Free) within Canada, or Toll/International +1 (412) 317-0088 and entering access code 5313915.

ABOUT CECO ENVIRONMENTAL
CECO Environmental is a global leader in industrial air quality and water treatment, serving a diversified set of niche markets through an attractive asset-light business model. Providing innovative technology and application expertise, CECO helps companies grow their business with safe, clean, and more efficient solutions that help protect our shared environment. In regions around the world, CECO works to improve air quality, optimize the energy value chain, and provide custom engineered systems for applications including power generation, petrochemical processing, general industrial, refining, midstream oil & gas, electric vehicle production, poly silicon fabrication, battery recycling, and wastewater treatment along with a wide range of other applications. CECO is listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "CECE". For more information, please visit www.cecoenviro.com.

Company Contact:
Matthew Eckl, Chief Financial Officer
(888) 990-6670

Investor Relations Contact:
Steven Hooser or Gary Guyton
Three Part Advisors, LLC
214-872-2710
investor.relations@onececo.com 

 

CECO ENVIRONMENTAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


(dollars in thousands, except per share data)


(unaudited)
March 31, 2022



December 31, 2021


ASSETS







Current assets:







     Cash and cash equivalents


$

28,382



$

29,902


     Restricted cash



1,918




2,093


     Accounts receivable, net



95,440




74,991


     Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts



49,567




51,429


     Inventories, net



22,080




17,052


     Prepaid expenses and other current assets



13,323




10,760


     Prepaid income taxes



1,128




2,784


          Total current assets



211,838




189,011


Property, plant and equipment, net



16,219




15,948


Right-of-use assets from operating leases



11,660




10,893


Goodwill



181,599




161,183


Intangible assets – finite life, net



24,281




25,841


Intangible assets – indefinite life



9,573




9,629


Deferred income taxes



505




505


Deferred charges and other assets



2,718




3,187


          Total assets


$

458,393



$

416,197


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







     Current portion of debt


$

3,303



$

2,203


     Accounts payable and accrued expenses



91,369




84,081


     Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts



36,308




28,908


     Income taxes payable



1,610




1,493


          Total current liabilities



132,590




116,685


Other liabilities



13,883




14,826


Debt, less current portion



81,401




61,577


Deferred income tax liability, net



8,025




8,390


Operating lease liabilities



9,272




8,762


          Total liabilities



245,171




210,240


Commitments and contingencies







     Shareholders' equity:







     Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 10,000 shares authorized, none issued






     Common stock, $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 35,076,119 and
     35,028,197 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and
     December 31, 2021, respectively



350




350


     Capital in excess of par value



253,875




252,989


     Accumulated loss



(33,923)




(36,715)


     Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(12,601)




(12,070)


          Total CECO shareholders' equity



207,701




204,554


          Noncontrolling interest



5,521




1,403


          Total shareholders' equity



213,222




205,957


               Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

458,393



$

416,197


 

CECO ENVIRONMENTAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(unaudited)






Three months ended March 31,


(dollars in thousands, except per share data)


2022



2021


Net sales


$

92,436



$

71,892


Cost of sales



66,008




47,485


     Gross profit



26,428




24,407


Selling and administrative expenses



18,652




19,454


Amortization and earnout expenses



1,452




1,791


Restructuring expenses



73





Acquisition and integration expenses



1,049




108


     Income from operations



5,202




3,054


Other income (expense), net



(458)




(480)


Interest expense



(822)




(725)


     Income before income taxes



3,922




1,849


Income tax expense



1,112




551


     Net income



2,810




1,298


Non-controlling interest



(18)




(117)


     Net income attributable to CECO Environmental Corp.


$

2,792



$

1,181


Earnings per share:







     Basic


$

0.08



$

0.03


     Diluted


$

0.08



$

0.03


Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:







     Basic



35,051,034




35,396,705


     Diluted



35,199,201




35,774,208


 

CECO ENVIRONMENTAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES




Three months ended March 31,


(dollars in millions)


2022



2021


Operating income as reported in accordance with GAAP


$

5.2



$

3.1


     Operating margin in accordance with GAAP



5.6

%



4.3

%

Amortization and earnout expenses



1.5




1.8


Restructuring expenses



0.1





Acquisition and integration expenses



1.0




0.1


     Non-GAAP operating income


$

7.8



$

5.0


     Non-GAAP operating margin



8.4

%



7.0

%





Three months ended March 31,


(dollars in millions)


2022



2021


Net income as reported in accordance with GAAP


$

2.8



$

1.2


     Amortization and earnout expenses



1.5




1.8


     Restructuring expenses



0.1





     Acquisition and integration expenses



1.0




0.1


     Foreign currency remeasurement



0.3




0.6


     Tax benefit of adjustments



(0.7)




(0.6)


Non-GAAP net income


$

5.0



$

3.1


     Depreciation



0.8




0.8


     Non-cash stock compensation



0.9




0.7


     Other (income) expense



0.2




(0.1)


     Interest expense



0.8




0.7


     Income tax expense



1.8




1.2


     Adjusted EBITDA


$

9.5



$

6.4









Earnings per share:







     Basic


$

0.08



$

0.03


     Diluted


$

0.08



$

0.03









Non-GAAP net income per share:







     Basic


$

0.14



$

0.09


     Diluted


$

0.14



$

0.09


 

NOTE REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

CECO is providing certain non-GAAP historical financial measures as presented above as we believe that these figures are helpful in allowing individuals to better assess the ongoing nature of CECO's core operations.  A "non-GAAP financial measure" is a numerical measure of a company's historical financial performance that excludes amounts that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share and adjusted EBITDA, as we present them in the financial data included in this press release, have been adjusted to exclude the effects of amortization expenses for acquisition related intangible assets, contingent retention and earnout expenses, restructuring expenses primarily relating to severance and legal expenses, acquisition and integration expenses which include retention, legal, accounting, banking, and other expenses, foreign currency remeasurement and other nonrecurring or infrequent items and the associated tax benefit of these items.  Management believes that these items are not necessarily indicative of the Company's ongoing operations and their exclusion provides individuals with additional information to compare the Company's results over multiple periods.  Management utilizes this information to evaluate its ongoing financial performance. Our financial statements may continue to be affected by items similar to those excluded in the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from our non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as an inference that all such costs are unusual or infrequent.

Non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share and adjusted EBITDA are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, and should be considered supplemental to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the costs associated with the operations of our business as determined in accordance with GAAP. As a result, you should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of CECO's results as reported under GAAP.  Additionally, CECO cautions investors that non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share and adjusted EBITDA stated in the tables above are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.     

SAFE HARBOR

Any statements contained in this Press Release, other than statements of historical fact, including statements about management's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended, and should be evaluated as such. These statements are made on the basis of management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance. We use words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "will," "plan," "should" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Potential risks and uncertainties, among others, that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed under "Part I – Item 1A. Risk Factors" of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, and include, but are not limited to: the sensitivity of our business to economic and financial market conditions generally and economic conditions in CECO's service areas; dependence on fixed price contracts and the risks associated therewith, including actual costs exceeding estimates and method of accounting for revenue; the effect of growth on CECO's infrastructure, resources, and existing sales; the ability to expand operations in both new and existing markets; the potential for contract delay or cancellation as a result of on-going or worsening supply chain challenges; liabilities arising from faulty services or products that could result in significant professional or product liability, warranty, or other claims; changes in or developments with respect to any litigation or investigation; failure to meet timely completion or performance standards that could result in higher cost and reduced profits or, in some cases, losses on projects; the potential for fluctuations in prices for manufactured components and raw materials, including as a result of tariffs and surcharges; the substantial amount of debt incurred in connection with our strategic transactions and our ability to repay or refinance it or incur additional debt in the future; the impact of federal, state or local government regulations; our ability to repurchase shares of our common stock and the amounts and timing of repurchases, if any; economic and political conditions generally; our ability to successfully realize the expected benefits of our restructuring program; our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses and realize the synergies from strategic transactions; and unpredictability and severity of catastrophic events, including cyber security threats, acts of terrorism or outbreak of war or hostilities or public health crises, such as uncertainties regarding the extent and duration of impacts of matters associated with the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19"), as well as management's response to any of the aforementioned factors. Many of these risks are beyond management's ability to control or predict. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material aspects from those currently anticipated. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements as they speak only to our views as of the date the statement is made. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required under the federal securities laws or the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, we undertake no obligation to update or review any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 

SOURCE CECO Environmental Corp.

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